Lung Alert: A rapid diagnostic test for ventilator associated pneumonia

Zachariah, S.
May 2004
Thorax;May2004, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p413
Academic Journal
The diagnosis of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is both contentions and frustrating for the intensivist. This study evaluates the effectiveness of using soluble triggering receptor expressed on myloid cells, a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily expressed in response to bacterial or fungal infections, as a tool for the rapid diagnosis of VAP. A total of 148 patients requiring mechanical ventilation and with a clinical suspicion of pneumonia were prospectively enrolled in the study. VAP was diagnosed on the basis of new persistent infiltrates on chest radiography, significant bacterial growth on culture.


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